Seeking a tribe, megachurch weighs its Anabaptist optionsBy Kelli Yoder Mennonite World Review
Other Anabaptists were also contacting the church.
“It put on our radar that there were others thinking like us,” Eddy said. “That was the beginning of us realizing that our theological perspective had really changed on things and we were no longer tracking with the conservative evangelical megachurch way of thinking.”
In 2007 Boyd spoke at the Anabaptist Vision and Discipleship Series conference at Hesston (Kan.) College.
“While at this conference I sensed very strongly God telling me there was some sort of relationship I (and possibly the church I pastor) was to have with the Mennonites,” he wrote on his blog afterward.
David Boshart met Boyd there. As the executive conference minister of Central Plains Mennonite Conference, he’s been the contact Woodland Hills seeks out to learn more about MC USA.
“At least once a year, sometimes twice, David’s stopped by our church when he’s in town and spent time catching up and praying together and asking more questions,” Eddy said. “We’ve come to feel a real kinship with David and his wife, Shana.”
Shana Boshart joins the meetings in her role as the conference minister for Christian formation.
David Boshart said: “It’s just been times of fellowship and exploring together, regardless of whether the relationship ultimately comes to a place where they join MC USA.”
In Boyd’s view, the conversations are about asking: What can we do for the Mennonites, and what can the Mennonites do for us?
“I hope that this relationship will continue to develop,” Boshart said. “I would love to see the day when they would decide to join MC USA. I think it would be a great gift to them and us.”
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